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|Bill Wilson||Robert and Mary (Mollie) Mann|
I am a volunteer at Shelby Farms Park and have been interested in genealogy for several years. I was curious about the Mann family whose gravestone leans against a tree at the eastern end of the park and decided to find out what I could about them, using genealogical sources and techniques. I can give you more sources and documentation if you wish. This is a work in progress, but here's what I have as of 18 Aug 2014:
The Mann Family of Shelby Farms Park
William M. Wilson
Volunteer, Shelby Farms Park Conservancy
A broken, weathered gravestone is propped against a tree in the wooded area comprising part of the Tour de Wolf mountain bike trail at the eastern end of Shelby Farms Park. This is the story of the family of the husband and wife named on the stone.
Robert W. Mann, 37, Mary S. “Mollie” Mann, 32, and their three children, Willie, 10, Ora, 6, and Douglass, 4, lived in the 7th Civil District of Shelby County at the time of the 1880 census. Robert was a farmer.
Robert was born on April 4, 1843 in Pontotoc County, Mississippi. His father, George Mann, had been born in Virginia in about 1802, and his mother, Agrippina, in Alabama in about 1812. Her name is unusual and suggests that her family was educated and familiar with ancient Roman names. George was a farmer whose real estate at the time of the 1860 census was worth about $7700 in today’s money. The family had been in Pontotoc County since at least June 1, 1850, when the census for that year was taken.
A Robert Mann served as a sergeant in the Second Battalion (Harris's), Mississippi State Cavalry, which was formed in 1863 in northeast Mississippi. At least two of the four companies were raised in Pontotoc County. The battalion was eventually merged into Armstrong’s Brigade of Confederate cavalry and fought at Selma, Alabama in early April 1865. Many were killed and wounded. The survivors went back home and were paroled under the capitulation of May 4 by Lieut. Gen. Richard Taylor.
Robert married Mollie Twyford in March 1869 in Shelby County, Tennessee. The date is uncertain, but their marriage license is dated March 10. Mollie is a common nickname for Mary. Their first child, William (Willie) W. Mann, was born about a year later, and was followed by Ora on October 20, 1874 and John Douglass in 1876. Their fourth child, Allie Gray, was born on May 6, 1885.
Mollie’s father, William S. Twyford, was born in Kentucky on January 5, 1802, and her mother, Jane Conn in about 1810, also in Kentucky. They were married on August 25, 1825 in Wayne County, Kentucky. They were living in Shelby County, Tennessee at the time of the 1830 census. By 1850 William’s real estate was worth about $63,000 in 2013 dollars, but by the time of the 1860 census was worth only about $51,000. He died in 1860 in Germantown, Shelby County, Tennessee. Jane was still living as of June 1, 1880, but appears to have died later that year.
Robert was involved in several real estate transactions in Shelby County between 1878 and 1886. Some involved auctions of property seized for nonpayment of taxes in which he bought the property; others involved mortgages, warranty deeds, and quitclaim deeds involving Elizabeth J. Galloway and he husband W.H. Galloway. All were purchases. Some of the available (online) images of the records of the transactions are illegible. An 1888 map of Shelby County, Tennessee published by M.T. Williamson in Memphis shows R.W. Mann as owner of two adjacent tracts of land in the eastern part of the county, one of them adjacent to his in-laws’ estates. One comprises 127.50 acres and the other 87.50 acres. They are north of the Wolf River and south of the Tennessee Midland Railroad, which appears to follow the roadbed of the future CSX Railroad, part of which is now the Shelby Farms Greenline. The land is west of a road that appears to be Germantown Road. All in all, it is certain that his land was within what is now Shelby Farms Park, as is the land owned by the Twyford family at the time the map was drawn. Robert and Mollie certainly owned and farmed these two tracts. However, an archaeological assessment of the area, combined with historical maps, including the 1888 Williamson map with the present boundaries of the park overlaid, show that their gravestone is located on land that belonged to Eliza J. Cole. Whether or not they were buried there is uncertain, but seems probable.
Source Citation: Panamerican Consultants, Inc. Final Report: Archaeological Assessment For The Shelby Farms Park Bicycle, Pedestrian, And Equine Trails Project, Authored by: C. Andrew Buchner, Andrew Saatkamp, Angie Clifton, and Karla Oesch, June 2013, 36 (accessed 31 Jul 2014 from https://pickering.sharefile.com/d/s17eae3c72a34b319)
Source Citation: M.T. Williamson, Map of Shelby County, Tennessee 1888, carefully compiled from the RECORDS and other authentic sources (Memphis, Tennessee: W.T. Williamson, 1888; image from the Library of Congress , accessed 21 Jul 2014.
Robert and Mollie died within ten days of each other: he on November 25, 1891 and she on December 5, probably of an infectious disease such as tuberculosis that could be prevented or successfully treated today. They almost certainly knew they were dying, as each made a codicil to their wills a few days before their deaths. Mollie made hers after Robert had died. They are probably buried at the eastern end of the park—at least they share a gravestone. The inscription gives their names, dates of birth and death, and the words “In memory of our Father and Mother.”
Their oldest son William W. “Willie” Mann disappears from the record after his parents added the codicils to their wills. In his, Robert Mann essentially disinherited Willie, leaving him a “lot of about two acres in the south east corner of the tract given to my son William W.” and taking away the 82 acres he had originally left him; the rest of the 127˝ acres was left to then 6-year-old Allie, along with $1000 in money. The 127˝ acres had originally been left to Douglass, who was to receive instead $1200 in money. The codicil does not explain why Robert disinherited Willie and substituted money for the land he had originally left to Douglass.
Ora Mary Mann married William A. Thompson on 13 Dec 1893 in Shelby County. They lived in the city of Memphis at least from 1908 through 1910, during which time her brother, John Douglass Mann and sister Allie Gray Mann lived with them. Douglass had lived in Memphis since 1901 and Allie since 1904. They all moved to Prescott, Arizona about 1911. Douglass, who had worked as a driver and messenger for a transport company and as a railroad flagman in Memphis and a railroad brakeman in Arizona, died there on August 31, 1915 at age 39 of pulmonary and intestinal tuberculosis. His brother-in-law William Thompson gave the information for his death certificate.
Douglass apparently never married, nor did Allie, who lived in Prescott working as a stenographer until her death there on December 13, 1972 at age 87. Ora died in Prescott on March 15, 1933 of lobar pneumonia. Her husband may have been alive at the time of her death, judging from the wording of her death certificate, but he does not appear with them in the 1920 or 1930 censuses.
They may have moved to Arizona for their health, as was widely recommended at the time, especially for people with diseases of the lung. John Douglass Mann died of tuberculosis, as his parents may have also. He may have acquired the infection from them. He was about 15 years old when they died, and according to a 1997 article in Epidemiology and Infection, the approximate chance of developing a primary infection when exposed at age 15 is 9%. More than half (59% - 86%) of those treated may become reinfected, and these are late 20th century statistics, when the disease could often be treated successfully. This was emphatically not the case early in that century, let alone before. The disease may lie dormant for many years before manifesting itself.
|Tammy Dozer||RE: Photo request filled|
GREAT! Glad I could help you out!!
Have a BLessed Day!
Thanks for the heads up. that correction was supposed to be put in the edit section of Blackstone. Not sure how it got to the flower section of Cid. Thanks again and have a nice day Loren
|Tammy Dozer||RE: Photo request filled|
|Tammy Dozer||Photo request filled|
jdean, I got the picture of Gerald B Malone for you. I hopee this helps you out. Have a blessed day!
|Ellen Chasen||RE: L. Eugene Dunnuck|
OK I will email the photo to you. Seems same as the one on the memorial page.
|Ellen Chasen||L. Eugene Dunnuck|
I took a photo of this gravesite and went to put it up but there is one there already. Do you want another or a copy of what I took?
Birth: Nov. 15, 1943
Death: Aug. 24, 1990
Husband of Brenda
Sunset Memorial Gardens
Four Mile Fork
Edit Virtual Cemetery info [?]
Created by: PL
Record added: Jan 20, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 46915893
|Lisa||RE: Gerald B. Malone # 70496854|
Yes, the picture I found came from a newspaper clipping.
Added by Lisa on Jun 11, 2013 8:01 PM
|Don Pierce||RE: Thanks|
Sorry I didn't have the picture, but hope the info serve you well.
You are very welcome.
|Grace Younglove Hudson||Leroy Gravelle|
Thank you for contributing the service record.
Posted 23 Sept 2012
Served in the U.S. Army during WW2 with Company I, 3rd BN, 502nd PIR, 101st Airborne Division
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